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Fountain man enjoys living on the edge

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

Nick Schwebach stands next to his race car, which was recently wrapped by Kelly Printing and Signs, giving it a professional look. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Many people would not drive a race car if you paid them, but that is exactly what Nick Schwebach is hoping for when he climbs into his race car.

Schwebach races at Deer Creek Speedway near Grand Meadow, Minn., and also at Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn.

The 29-year-old says he “grew up around racing”, having two cousins that raced in Decorah, Iowa. Schwebach’s dad sponsored his nephews and the family spent a lot of time at the racetrack.

Schwebach says he then “helped out a few people” who were racing, hoping to someday have a car of his own to drive onto the track.

When he turned 18 years old, he realized his dream of owning his own race car and “ever since then we have been racing,” states Schwebach.

His car consists of a 1988 Monte Carlo body with a small block 355 engine. It was just recently wrapped by Kelly Printing and Signs of Preston, Minn. and looks very professional with the sponsors names and other logos displayed.

When asked what is the best part of racing, Schwebach smiles and says, “winning”, of course, but he also enjoys “the kids coming down afterwards” because he enjoys meeting them. He gets driver’s cards made to give to the little fans and for the past few years, he also gives away any trophies he wins to kids following the races.

The payout at Deer Creek Speedway is both trophies and money, but “one nice thing is whether we win or don’t win, we still get money to help us keep the costs down,” states Schwebach.

Schwebach’s first race of the season at Deer Creek Speedway was the Season Opener, which was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Results were not available at the time the Fillmore Country Journal went to press. Races begin at 6 p.m.

For more information on races including sprint cars, school bus races, Tasseldega Nights, Featherlite Fall Jamboree, and more, go to deercreekspeedway.com.

Schwebach grew up in Caledonia, Minn. He and his fiancé, Brooke Thissen, moved to Fountain, Minn., in October of 2015. The couple will be wed on September 10, 2016 in Hayfield, Minn.

As racing is a hobby at this time, Schwebach works a full-time job as a mechanical insulator for Diamond Energy Systems of St. Joseph, Minn., and enjoys working on his car and racing in his free time.

Schwebach states he is “always looking for sponsors .....
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge